Author Rudyard Kipling once said “If history were taught in the form of stories; it would never be
forgotten.” While the famed author was perhaps referencing his personal craft in the quotation, his words ring true in modern times in applications where complex messages are often only remembered if presented in the correct way. Nicole Wake, a Biomedical Imaging researcher at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine is a believer that the next big thing in hospital/patient point of care communications is the more active and integrated use of 3D printed models created within onsite labs.
Nicole is currently involved in a 3D model study for kidney and prostate tumors, utilizing the Stratasys J750 production printer, with the goal of determining whether adding new methods of data visualization, including 3D printed models or virtual reality models, will change surgical planning decisions and impact the patient outcomes. Many elite medical institutions and research facilities are utilizing 3D printing for surgical planning; however, the technology also has the potential to help patients better conceptualize data in a personal and impactful way.
The importance of the study is clear: As more prostate tumors and complex kidney tumors are treated with minimally invasive approaches, a better pre-operative assessment of the tumor location and the connections to other physical structures, such as nerves or veins, is crucial in the prevention of possible patient complications.
Nicole will be instructing in a workshop entitled “3D Printing in Hospitals: What You Need to Know” at the RAPID event in Pittsburgh on Monday May 8th, from 8 am – 1 pm. You can also read more about the impacts that the Stratasys J750 in Medical Education Research and other applications here.